Leaflet for Amazon workers – December 2017

UK Amazon workers organize against atrocious pay and working conditions (that have made Jeff Bezos the richest person in the world).

Angry Workers of the World

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Amazon workers in Hemel Hempstead and Amazon Flex workers in West London: Let‘s learn from the struggles of our colleagues in Italy, Germany and Poland!

Click here for PDF version: AmazonBW

It‘s peak season and work sucks the life out of us. The media presents us as victims, losing the competition with Amazon‘s robots. That sucks too. We can show them that we are no victims.

In Hemel Hempstead we have many problems:

* The picking target of 120 is too high, and it‘s raining verbal and written warnings. Management makes temp workers hit higher targets for the season, and then makes the regulars reach those targets throughout the whole year. ‘Power Hour’?! – No, thanks!

* PMP and Adecco pay low. They advertise £10 an hour, but you have to kill yourself with overtime to get it. Some guys work 60 hours plus. The more hours we work per…

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2 thoughts on “Leaflet for Amazon workers – December 2017

  1. From what I read, it would seem that workers in foreign countries are more apt to strike back for better wages and working conditions than workers in the states. It sounds as though workers in foreign countries know better how to get organized and work through their differences.

    And one thing I’d like to add is that it was a really bad thing when Temp Agencies were allowed to run amok because we should have somehow tried to nip that in the bud seeing as how companies have no incentive to hire you if they can get away with having you temp until they no longer need you and they don’t have to pay any benefits whatsoever. And most people know that Temp Agencies always find a way to get around paying any benefits. The agency touts that it offers benefits but if you read the fine print, you will find that you must work a certain number of hours per week and for a specified period of time before becoming eligible and they make damn sure that you don’t become eligible because you are simply not given the necessary hours to qualify. Workers have lost almost all bargaining power and any upper hand they may have had when they conceded all power to corporations while rendering the few unions that are left, impotent.

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  2. I think you’re right, Shelby, about unions being better organized overseas. I think this relates partly to the Taft Harley law (passed in 1948). The US is the only industrialized country I know of that criminalizes numerous aspects of union organizing. The other more sinister problem is the heavy infiltration of radical grassroots groups by provocateurs working for US intelligence. In 20 years of organizing before I left the US, I didn’t work with one group that wasn’t infiltrated by intelligence plants who were often extremely effective in disrupting our work. Increasingly I believe the only type of organizing that’s possible in the US is secret and underground.

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